Latest Nintendo Direct showcases powerhouses on the 3DS

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The latest Nintendo Direct is up, detailing a healthy dose of release dates, localizations and information regarding upcoming titles.

First in line was Mario and Luigi Dream Team, in which new gameplay footage was showcased, along with details behind the story and mechanics of the game. It’s set to be released both in stores and on the eShop August 11th.

Mario Golf World Tour was also shown, explaining how online multiplayer works and what features it will have. Nintendo is expected to release World Tour this summer.

Continuing with the Year of Luigi lineup is the announcement of a new Mario Party for the 3DS. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata noted that the premise of the game is still the same, but goes on to explain that boards will each have their own set of rules. Mario Party 3DS will be released this winter.

New Super Luigi U gets even more exposure, as Iwata talks about the changes that have been made in the levels and how Luigi controls. The difficulty appears to have increased, as the challenges are condensed into smaller levels with a shorter time limit. It will be released in the form of downloadable content for New Super Mario Brothers U this summer.

Additionally, new features in Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D are revealed. Players seeking to ease up the difficulty in DKCR can now choose the option known as “New Mode;” which features new items, more hearts in your reservoir, and the ability to have multiple DK barrels in reserve. There are also eight new levels added to the game. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in both stores and the eShop May 24th.

A new Yoshi’s Island title was announced for the 3DS. From what you can see in the gameplay footage, it appears as though the basics are relatively the same as previous entries. What stuck out was the giant egg that Yoshi shot, destroying enemies as well as terrain. Other than what was revealed in the game play footage, little is known about this new title.

Accompanying the torrent of 3DS news is Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, a new downloadable title. You guide the mini Marios by connecting tiles on a grid, making sure not to lead them into traps. Unlike previous titles, this one will be more puzzle oriented. You can download this title from the eShop May 7th.

There’s also the unveiling of a new Pikmin type in Pikmin 3. This Pikmin is purple colored and can fly, and appropriately named “Winged Pikmin”. Iwata goes on to explain that they can carry items in the air.

Bravely Default was confirmed for localization in North America, a joint effort by both Square-Enix and Nintendo. This game is expected to be released August 2014.

The release date for Shin Megami Tensei IV has been announced for North America. Expect to play it this summer, July 16th.

Concluding Nintendo Direct was Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime announcing a new Zelda game for the 3DS. Set in the same world as A Link to the Past, it’s made to function quite like the original. You navigate the screen overhead just as you would in the 2D Zelda games, only with a focus on height difference to fully utilize the 3DS’s capabilities. Expect to see this title holiday 2013.